Phew! After 10 days of weird struggling with the server I have finally uploaded the new website! Hope everyone likes it.



Just got back from presenting on the 2nd day (as well as a workshop) of a launch conference for the Scottish HEAT strategy. This is about incr4easing efficiency and access across all mental health. It was interesting to hear that CAPA is in play effectively in some service and others are just about to start. Lots of change…

However the really exciting thing was that we got to hear Karen Blase talk. She is leading researcher on implementation science in the real world ie what actually helps change and new programs work. Not only was she a great speaker, relaxed, knowledgeable and funny but said really good stuff. I was reassured that lots of the CAPA stuff we do is in line with the science – we’ve just learnt this from the 500+ teams we’ve worked with but there was also stuff to learn.

I think the sound bite knowledge was that you needed 1. Values ( as everything inst on a flow chart and you need to know how you decide), 2. a clear set of practices [eg the CAPA CRS], 3. these practices operationalised ie what you have to actually do and 4. direct feedback and coaching on those practices. It came to me that we need to talk more about teams doing this re Choice if their implementation is going to go well.

She also talked about values based management – i dream of this!!

HwattFinally it was neat to be @ Herriot Watt university as the first small talk Ann and I did on all this was there just over 9 years ago!!

Nova Scotia in the Fall


[Chocolate lake outside Chocolate Lake Hotel in Halifax – a workshop venue]

Well we’ve been back a week now and i think I’ve recovered enough to reflect on our recent trip: one week across Nova Scotia. It wsa pretty full on: 2 introductory workshops in Sydney (yes there is a smaller one!) and Truro. 100 and 143 people. Very full and full  of energy, 2 master class level 2 workshops in Halifax (110 each time), 2 regional tele-health conferences and 9 individual team coaching sessions.

It was really exciting for us to hear about the positive changes (and challenges) that had occurred across Nova Scotia in all types of mental health services. Also to hear the developing history of Halifax, the first site in 2011, the second wave of the Valley and Cumberland and the services just beginning everywhere. Its very moving to hear of the commitment of staff in taking risks with a  new system and their appreciation.

We noticed this last time we were in Nova Scotia and it happened again – talking about CAPA for five days draws us into thinking about issues a little deeper and from different perspectives. And this time we found ourselves reflecting on the importance of formulation in the Choice process. Without good formulation someones goals are really just wishes. And good goals need a formulation to evolve from.

So we a section of the masterclass PowerPoint around this. It was quite thought provoking and we shall add more content to this soon. In a week or so the new site will be uploaded and this presentation will be there.

Finally thanks to all for making us so welcome: Sharon in particular, Laura for her logistic support and Dana and John for a night out with old friends! Plus we got see and ice hockey game! Heaven.